"The Ghost of What Should Have Been" as written by and Michael Kinsella....
What else in this room reminds me of you?
The windowsill with a crucified pit of an avocado still sits in water.
What else in this room reminds me of the relationship I've ruined?
The tables I made strong enough to hold your magazines,
but not your tired legs.

One more week in this apartment,
One more week of being haunted
By the ghost of what should have been.

What else in this fucking empty room
reminds me of fucking you?
An orphaned couch where I spent some long nights
While you went out with our friends.

What I wouldn't do to be a ghost like you,
to be somewhere new.
To leave everything,
The way you left everything that reminded you of me.

One more week in this apartment,
one more week of being haunted.


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    General Commentchills. frealz.
    backupdorkon June 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOwen is incredible. Another great song.

    I thought it was interesting how ruben set up the format of the lyrics.

    I am still wondering what the one week is counting down to and how he is going to be going after the time elapses.
    evergreenon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm assuming he is moving out of an apartment that he shared with someone.
    AnEyeForNiceThingson March 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love the line "what else in this fucking empty room reminds me of fucking you?"
    sean7711on August 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about ending a long relationship, but hey arnet all the songs on here....
    astoryisgoodbyeon September 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhen I saw him live he was playing in a church. He changed the lyrics in the 3rd stanza from "What else in this fucking empty room
    reminds me of fucking you?" to "what else in this fucking holy room, reminds me of fucking the holy shit out of you". Needless to say, it was awesome.
    ANDY102on December 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhat else in this room reminds me of the relationship I’ve ruined... Man all I can say about it is that Mike Kinsella still have the fellings of all of us...
    bernardoamaon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthm... its funny how we allow memories of someone we care so much about hold importance in simple objects. i hate it. but simple things in a room can remind you of someone... someone you just dont want to remember.
    ifemme fataleion October 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about the woman he was living with herself. probably metaphorically.

    the line
    "The tables I made strong enough to hold your magazines,
    but not your tired legs"
    is what makes me think so. plus the whole ghost/leaving theme that it has.
    strickenon December 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti really dont the line about the tables is metaphorical. I'm willing to bet its just something that really happened with this girl. He made a table that they kept magazines and what not on and one day it collapsed while she had her legs resting on it. Same with the avocado and couch lines. The only metaphor would be the ghost line and he's just saying that she still haunts the place because so many things make him think of her.
    heathsokon December 30, 2006   Link

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